Channel 4 launch 1982

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OK hands up. Who remembers the launch of Channel 4 in late 1982?? A 4th channel - WOW - seems ridiculous now doesnt it??

Hers the youtube clip of the trade announcements prior to start up "from the transmitters of the Independant Broadcasting Authority"

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And heres the actual startup sequence at 4.45pm on November 2nd 1982 with the famous blocks ident spinning into view for the first time :D

The nice music behind the images is called 4score and was written by David Dundas This is the full version and apparently was only played in full 3 times. Normally they used a short 4 note sting from it.

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4score is rare as hens teeth on the net but I have tracked down an mp3 version. If anyone wants it pm me your email address.

Its not brilliant quality but its not too bad - 96 kbps
 

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4score is rare as hens teeth on the net but I have tracked down an mp3 version. If anyone wants it pm me your email address.

Its not brilliant quality but its not too bad - 96 kbps
The C4 launch was 3 years before my time, but I do remember the old spinning block 4 logo... :D
 

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Yeah - along with the old Central ITV globes I think the C4 blocks are still a design classic. It also left itself perfectly wide open for spoofing - Ive found the 1980's Hamlet piss take:

I wont put it directly up as its a tobacco product but heres the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FegmPKnARuo

:-rofl2

Id love to see C4 bring back some updated variants of the spinning blocks :D
 

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I was born an accident hence i wasnt even thought of as a sperm.. i was born a few months after the channel 4 launch. but i do remember the logo aswell..
 

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Apparently David Dundas was a sly old bugger. He kept hold of the copyrights for the 4 note C4 stings,so every time C4 ran an ident it cost them a couple of quid.

Every week for 10 years DD got a cheque for a thousand quid!
 

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